Saturday 30 June
Art Masterclass and Pottery Masterclass  Ex Choristers

Friday 29 June

Art Masterclass & Pottery Masterclass

Day four of the Festival saw the Art Department host two more events.  Keith Brymer Jones delivered an inspiring and engaging Pottery Masterclass in which all participants had the opportunity to throw a pot on the wheel.  The atmosphere in the group was infectious and Keith’s generosity of spirit and the attention he gave ensured everyone left very happy with their experience and with a sense of satisfaction from producing their own piece of Ceramics.

Out on the sheep field Paul Gadenne who was a heat finalist on Sky Arts’ Landsape Artist of the Year delivered a painting masterclass.  The sight of thirty eager participants painting the view from the front of St Edmund’s was magical on a beautiful Summer’s day.  Paul ensured that everyone left with a sense of achievement and a completed painting of the beautiful view that includes Canterbury’s iconic Cathedral. 

At the end of the Masterclasses, the two groups gathered for refreshments and shared their experiences of the day.  Feedback was highly complementary and there were many requests for more workshops.  Let’s see what Festival number three brings.

Review by Alison Slater-Williams

Drama Fest and An Evening of Sondheim
An Evening of Sondheim

The following night, the Marquee was transformed into a wedding chapel, setting the scene for the Festival’s next student showcase: An Evening of Sondheim. This celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s masterful influence on musical theatre came in the form of a creative and immersive performance, taking the audience on a journey exploring several characters’ quests to find love at a wedding. The standard of singing was excellent, with especially skilled and moving performances from Rebecca Roberts, Ellie Walker-Reid and Evie Jackaman. The characters themselves were colourful and thoroughly entertaining; in particular, the evening’s two flamboyant spectators (played with perfect extravagance by Carl Le Hegarat and Alex McGovern) who sat among the audience and offered commentary throughout the performance. A particularly hilarious moment consisted of a distressed outcry: “Oh Lionel, someone’s spiked the gypsy tart!” All in all, An Evening of Sondheim was a truly enjoyable evening of music and drama.

Review by Isabelle Matharu

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